By Ude Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna Inland dry port in collaboration with manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, on Thursday organised seminar with a theme: Optimising Importation and Exportation of Non-oil produce through Kaduna inland dry port”.
In an opening speech during the seminar, the General Manager, kaduna inland dry port, Rotimi o. Raimi said the seminar was organised to sensitized business community and farmers about the dry port, its important in Kaduna and hinterland areas including the neighbouring countries like Niger, chad, Mali among others, which they believed would enhanced their economic and commercial activities.
The GM said “In the recent times, several seminars were organized by Nigerian Shippers Council or in collaboration with Inland
containers Nigeria limited to sensitize the business community and farmers about the dry port, its importance in Kaduna and hinterland areas including the neighbouring countries like Niger, chad, Mali, others, which we believe it will enhance the economic and commercial activities, create wealth expansion and employment of our young graduates in various areas of economic development in Kaduna state and areas mentioned.
“Nigeria is blessed with mineral resources across the land in our country, we cannot continue to rely on oil produce as our major source of revenue. Kaduna state has the best quality of ginger in the world and there are so many crops and solid minerals product yet untapped, which are saddled with how to go about it for export. The KIDP platform is positioned to facilitate your export forwarding and import consignments”, he said.
He also said “Today, we are presenting a theme: ‘Optimizing Importation & exportation of Non-oil produce through Kaduna inland dry port. Our distinguished guest speakers are here to speak on issues relating to importation and exportation, the opportunity of the Kaduna inland dry port facility is positioned for your patronage to import direct and export from KIDP without any hindrances.
“The KIDP platform is positioned to facilitate your export forwarding and import consignments.”Furthermore, I will like to seek for support of Nigeria railway corporation to provide more wagons and locomotives to move cargoes from Lagos seaport to Kaduna inland dry port.
He said Kaduna inland dry port was gazetted in 26th May 2015 by federal government of Nigeria as port of origin and port of destination, subsequently commissioned 4th January 2018 by President Muhammqdu Buhari.
Officials of Nigeria customs service, SON, NAFDAC, NDLEA, SAaS, Federal Produce, Customs Brokers, ANCLA, among other personalities were represented at the seminar